Brian Miller

Ricky Gervais (right) returns as Stiller's prickly boss.Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Opens Fri., Dec. 19

Night at the Museum: 
Secret of the Tomb Opens Fri., Dec. 19 at Majestic Bay and other theaters. Rated PG. 97 minutes. All franchises have… Continue reading

Ricky Gervais (right) returns as Stiller's prickly boss.Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox
Mark (Tatum) can't quite say what he wants.Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics

Foxcatcher Opens Fri., Dec. 19 at Sundance and Meridian. Rated R. 134

Foxcatcher Opens Fri., Dec. 19 at Sundance and Meridian. Rated R. 134 minutes. Repeat after me: “Ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist.” Now imagine your future livelihood and… Continue reading

Mark (Tatum) can't quite say what he wants.Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics
The officer (Klein) tries vainly to keep her troops in line.Zeitgeist Films

Zero Motivation Opens Fri., Dec. 12 at Varsity. Not rated. 100 minutes.

Zero Motivation Opens Fri., Dec. 12 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 100 minutes. They don’t make movies like M*A*S*H anymore, at least not in this country.… Continue reading

The officer (Klein) tries vainly to keep her troops in line.Zeitgeist Films
Cheryl (Witherspoon) near the end of her journey.Anne Marie Fox/Fox Searchlight

Wild Opens Fri., Dec. 12 at Guild 45th and other theaters. Rated

Wild Opens Fri., Dec. 12 at Guild 45th and 
other theaters. Rated R. 115 minutes. This film was certain to be a success long before… Continue reading

Cheryl (Witherspoon) near the end of her journey.Anne Marie Fox/Fox Searchlight
Rossum and Long as star-fated lovers?IFC Films

Comet Opens Fri., Dec. 12 at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated. 91 minutes.

Comet Opens Fri., Dec. 12 at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated. 91 minutes. A relationship put through a cracked prism, Comet immediately alludes to parallel universes… Continue reading

Rossum and Long as star-fated lovers?IFC Films
Part of Croatian artist Mladen Stilinovic’s 1978 photo series The Artist at Work.

Jake who? The Jacob Lawrence Gallery was founded in 1983 at the

Jake who? The Jacob Lawrence Gallery was founded in 1983 at the University of Washington, where the pioneering local painter was then a teacher. Since… Continue reading

Part of Croatian artist Mladen Stilinovic’s 1978 photo series The Artist at Work.
The 1925 Women’s Century Club building may next house restaurants and retail.

I have written this story several times before, which says something about

I have written this story several times before, which says something about the state of the indie/art-house movie biz. As first reported by Capitol Hill… Continue reading

The 1925 Women’s Century Club building may next house restaurants and retail.
An unnamed art-restoration expert works millimeter by millimeter.Zipporah Films

National Gallery Runs Fri., Dec. 5–Thurs., Dec. 11 at Northwest Film Forum.

National Gallery Runs Fri., Dec. 5–Thurs., Dec. 11 at Northwest Film Forum. 
Not rated. 173 minutes. Much as I hate the tedious methodology of a… Continue reading

An unnamed art-restoration expert works millimeter by millimeter.Zipporah Films
Burre washes her props in the sink.

Actress Runs Fri., Dec. 5–Thurs., Dec. 11 at Grand Illusion. Not rated.

Actress Runs Fri., Dec. 5–Thurs., Dec. 11 at 
Grand Illusion. Not rated. 86 minutes. It doesn’t really matter if you remember Brandy Burre from The… Continue reading

Burre washes her props in the sink.
Hispanic-Apache painter John Nieto’s 1996 Buffalo at Sunset.

The museum director’s dilemma is this: too much mediocre art in the

The museum director’s dilemma is this: too much mediocre art in the world, not enough money. Unless you’re bidding on Picassos or beseeching the heirs… Continue reading

Hispanic-Apache painter John Nieto’s 1996 Buffalo at Sunset.
You damn pelicans get off my lawn furniture!Shadow Distribution

Pelican Dreams Opens Fri., Nov. 28 at Sundance Cinemas. Rated G. 80

Pelican Dreams Opens Fri., Nov. 28 at Sundance 
Cinemas. Rated G. 80 minutes. Bay Area director Judy Irving scored a surprise long-running hit with her… Continue reading

You damn pelicans get off my lawn furniture!Shadow Distribution
There will be penguins.Anthony Powell/Music Box Films

Antarctica: A Year on Ice Opens Fri., Nov. 28 at Varsity. Rated

Antarctica: A Year on Ice Opens Fri., Nov. 28 at Varsity. 
Rated PG. 91 minutes. First-time filmmaker Anthony Powell takes what might be called the… Continue reading

There will be penguins.Anthony Powell/Music Box Films
Renee Cox’s Yo Mama’s Pieta.

Through a Lens Darkly Runs Fri., Nov. 21–Wed., Nov. 26 at Northwest

Through a Lens Darkly Runs Fri., Nov. 21–Wed., Nov. 26 at Northwest Film Forum. 
Not rated. 92 minutes. There are a lot of commendable ideals… Continue reading

Renee Cox’s Yo Mama’s Pieta.
While Joe's away: Close and Fanning.Oscilloscope Laboratories

Low Down Opens Fri., Nov. 21 at Varsity. Rated R. 114 minutes.

Low Down Opens Fri., Nov. 21 at Varsity. 
Rated R. 114 minutes. Set in mid-’70s L.A., here’s a new movie made with the texture and… Continue reading

While Joe's away: Close and Fanning.Oscilloscope Laboratories
Top nuns Dobosh (left) and Siano.Danielle Barnum

The Habit 14 Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green

The Habit 14 Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Ave. N., 800-838-3006, thehabitcomedy.com. $19. Runs Fri.–Sun. Through Nov. 30. This comedy… Continue reading

Top nuns Dobosh (left) and Siano.Danielle Barnum
Victims of biology? Hivju (left) and Kuhnke.Magnolia Pictures

Force Majeure Opens Fri., Nov. 21 at Seven Gables and SIFF Cinema

Force Majeure Opens Fri., Nov. 21 at Seven Gables and SIFF Cinema Uptown. Rated R. 118 minutes. On vacation in the French Alps, Tomas, Ebba,… Continue reading

Victims of biology? Hivju (left) and Kuhnke.Magnolia Pictures
No country will take Ali (Maadi) back from Gitmo.Beth Dubber/IFC Films/Sundance Selects

Camp X-Ray Opens Fri., Nov. 14 at Sundance Cinemas. Rated R. 117

Camp X-Ray Opens Fri., Nov. 14 at Sundance Cinemas. Rated R. 117 minutes. Again, Kristen Stewart is in an impossible relationship. Instead of being in… Continue reading

No country will take Ali (Maadi) back from Gitmo.Beth Dubber/IFC Films/Sundance Selects
Tom Lincoln (Clarke) sees a big future for his son.Amplify Media

The Better Angels Opens Fri., Nov. 14 at Varsity. Rated PG. 94

The Better Angels Opens Fri., Nov. 14 at Varsity. 
Rated PG. 94 minutes. Lincoln and the log cabin—such is the foundational mythology of 19th-century politics… Continue reading

Tom Lincoln (Clarke) sees a big future for his son.Amplify Media
Walker’s Cage Free Capitalism.

Back when BAM relaunched itself as the Bellevue Arts (plural, not singular,

Back when BAM relaunched itself as the Bellevue Arts (plural, not singular, though people still get it wrong) Museum, I wondered why they didn’t go… Continue reading

Walker’s Cage Free Capitalism.
(c) Michael Wolf

In German photographer Michael Wolf’s series Architecture of Density, we see severely

In German photographer Michael Wolf’s series Architecture of Density, we see severely cropped frontal views of generic new high-rise facades in Hong Kong, where he… Continue reading

(c) Michael Wolf